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Friday, March 2, 2012
Stars beat Oilers, 3-1

By Mark Stepneski



The Dallas Stars pulled to within two points of the Pacific Division lead with a 3-1 win at Edmonton on Friday night. The victory pushed the Stars’ point streak to six games (5-0-1) and gave them a 6-1-2 mark over their last nine games. Radek Dvorak, Tomas Vincour and Michael Ryder scored for the Stars, who had only 15 shots on goal in the game. Kari Lehtonen stopped 19 of 20 shots.

First period

The Oilers outshot the Stars 7-4 in the first period. The Stars had the only power play, but weren’t able to generate much.

Oilers fans booed Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray every time he touched the puck. This was Souray’s first game back in Edmonton since his departure from the Oilers after last season.

Second period

There were two goals scored in the second and Dallas tallied both. Radek Dvorak scored at the 8:35 mark to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. Vernon Fiddler backhanded the puck on net and Dvorak won the battle for the puck in front of Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and put it over the goal line.

The Stars struck again at the 12:55 mark. After a puck rebounded off the end boards, Khabibulin was knocked out of position by one of his teammates, and Tomas Vincour put the puck into a wide open net to make it a 2-0 game.

Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was sharp in the second period, stopping all nine shots he faced.

The Oilers outshot the Stars 9-6 in the second and had a 16-10 advantage through the first 40 minutes.

Third period

The Stars kept the Oilers chances limited in the third period and Michael Ryder scored into an empty net to make it a 3-0 game with 1:28 remaining.

The Oilers spoiled Lehtonen’s bid for a shutout when Sam Gagner scored off a one-timer with 29.4 seconds left to make it a 3-1 final.

Stars lineup

Eriksson-Ribeiro-Ryder
Ott-Benn-Burish
Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak
Garbutt-Wandell-Vincour

Souray-Robidas
Fistric-Daley
Goligoski-Larsen

Lehtonen (starter)
Bachman

Scratched: Pardy, Petersen
Injured: Dowell (finger), Morrow (neck/back)